Week 6 of Bridge to 10k (b210k)

I mentioned last post that I’d plateaued while sticking to running 3 miles every other day. My pace wasn’t improving and my motivation was getting low. And I said I was going to start the bridge to 10k program (b210k) to try to break through the rut.

There seem to be a few different versions of b210k out there. That’s unlike C25K, where there seems to be one single program/outline. Anyway, taking a look at the app on my phone, I decided weeks 1-3 would be too easy given my cardio level at that point. So I started at week 4, which is four 8 minute runs with a minute walk between runs.

I got through week 4 and 5 fairly easily, but nothing to write home about either. Average all around.

Last night, everything must have come together. The sun, moon, planets must have aligned, and I must have had my diet and energy levels maximized because I ran my best run (that I can remember) of over the last 3 years. Week 6 is four 10 minute runs with a minute walk in between. I know my route well, but having to guesstimate how far the 3 walks were I estimate that I ran 4.4 miles in the 40 minutes of run time (9:05 pace). That’s not only one of the fastest paces ever by me, 4.4 miles is one of the longest runs. I’m psyched.

I also mentioned in the last post that I was going to rededicate myself to my diet. I have. And there is no surprise that I’ve seen the results. I’ve been sticking to everything on my healthy living checklist, including eating a lot more fruits and veggies.

I still have a lot of work to do to reach my goal before the end of the year. My biggest challenge is going to be maintaining through the winter–which I haven’t done the last 2 winters. At least this time I have a membership to a gym, which I’ve been going to a few times a week.

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